Happy Holidays Caniacs! If you have been following the NHL negotiations (or lack of) I am sure you are like me and already stuffed from all the bologna that both parties are serving. The NHL and NHLPA met Monday night briefly to get clarity on player contract issues however the NHL chose not to discuss the matter. Instead they recommended the NHLPA draw up a proposal on core economic issues thereafter they would discuss player contract length as well as restricted free agency issues.
Union Representative Donald Fehr and Commissioner Gary Bettman need to stop. They need to stop the finger pointing, the public jabs they continue to make towards each other and work at getting this deal done before it is too late. Easier said than done right? Especially when Mr. Fehr lacks the passion for the sport and the players he is representing. As far as Commissioner Bettman goes, the owners need less of him and more of Bill Daly.
So we can expect that on Wednesday the NHLPA will put together a full proposal and present it to the NHL. That being said, I would expect if there is any traction to be gained they will reconvene on Friday. If there is nothing that grabs the owners interest than expect most of December’s games to be cancelled on Monday.
Take your time boys, it’s only been 67 days! What these two parties are neglecting is the fact that they continue to make this lockout an embarrassment to all that are involved. The players are starting to open up more and express their feelings, there are rumors that owners are getting antsy with Commissioner Bettman, and then there are the little guys who are pushed to the curb. The fans, the little guys that put gas in their cars, pay to park at the arena, save money so they can buy a few tickets to watch the sport they love.
Caniacs, as Thanksgiving is just a few days away there may not be much to be thankful for right now in the hockey world. I am thankful for you that take the time to read my articles and share your opinions with me. I want to wish all Caniacs near and far a Happy Thanksgiving and as far as Bettman and Fehr go, I already have your Christmas shopping done. Coal isn’t cheap but it is well deserved for both of you.